Advantageous Is An Insanely Good Movie That Everyone Should Watch

Sometimes, you see a haunting short film that just cries out to become a full-length movie. Case in point: Advantageous, a short film by Jennifer Phang released in 2013. She’s expanded it to full length, and the added time and budget have turned a beautiful short into an eerily intense feature. » 6/29/15 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Jurassic World Is All Park And No Bite

Despite an island’s worth of good intentions, Jurassic World is an uneven movie in a lot of ways. The human characters basically don’t work, the movie wallows in nostalgia, and the story is murky. But where it counts — beautiful dinosaur action! — this movie delivers enough to make us remember why we love these beasts. » 6/12/15 8:00am 6/12/15 8:00am

Insidious 3 Offers A Textbook Lesson In How To Kill A Horror Franchise

Insidious and its sequel were enjoyably frightening tales of a family haunted by parasitic spirits and the medium, Elise (Lin Shaye), who sets them free. Insidious: Chapter 3 introduces a new ghostly dilemma, then pastes Elise into the narrative — like an afterthought, who also happens to carry the entire story. » 6/05/15 12:14pm 6/05/15 12:14pm

Spy Can't Quite Decide Whether To Laugh At Or With Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy was wonderful in Bridesmaids and The Heat, but she’s had a hard time carrying a film by herself. Her new film Spy gives her a pretty good showcase, but it’s also pretty uneven, and lapses into laughing at her, rather than with her. A huge part of the problem? It can’t get over being a genre spoof. » 6/05/15 9:00am 6/05/15 9:00am

The Wachowskis' Sense8 Is Slow, Confusing... And Kind Of Fascinating

Sense8, the mysterious new show from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, goes up tomorrow on Netflix. We’ve seen the first three episodes... and we’re still not sure what the show is about. No real spoilers here, because we would have to understand what’s going on to spoil anything. » 6/04/15 1:55pm 6/04/15 1:55pm

The New Poltergeist Has One Redeeming Feature: It's Only 90 Minutes Long

The new remake of Poltergeist was a modest box office success in its opening weekend, and it’s pretty much already made back its production budget. But it’s not a good movie, even if you divorce it from the 1982 movie. It’s not horrible, either. But its best feature is that it’s mercifully short. » 5/29/15 12:00pm 5/29/15 12:00pm

San Andreas Is A Film Where Earthquakes Have A Vendetta Against The Rock

San Andreas is filled with ludicrous, special effects-laden chaos, and it paints its main character’s quest to reunite his family — an all-too-familiar disaster-movie trope — with the broadest possible strokes. But if you can put up with ridiculous science (and cheese), it’s a fun, silly summer movie. » 5/29/15 8:01am 5/29/15 8:01am

Tomorrowland Is Baby-Boomer Nostalgia At Its Most Dreary

Lots of movies have a wonderful first half, followed by a blah second half. Setup is often easier than follow-through. But Tomorrowland, out today, might become the clearest example of this syndrome. And the reason Tomorrowland falls apart halfway through is because it sinks into Baby Boomer angst. Spoilers ahead...
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Good Kill Makes A Point About Drone Warfare You Never Considered

Good Kill is the latest high tech parable from director Andrew Niccol, best known for scifi flicks GATTACA and In Time. Set in 201o, it deals with “actual events” in the lives of drone pilots flying assassination missions over Afghanistan. The movie is uneven, but it will give you a look at drone warfare that’s unlike… » 5/15/15 7:00pm 5/15/15 7:00pm

Mad Max: Fury Road Is An Astonishing Work Of Art

You don’t realize just how crappy most action movies are, until you see something like Mad Max: Fury Road — a movie in which there are no “action scenes” because the action pretty much never stops. And the film’s constant sense of violent motion is in the service of incredible imagery and transcendant moments. » 5/15/15 8:07am 5/15/15 8:07am

Dark Star Offers A Melancholy, Intimate Portrait Of Artist H.R. Giger

There’s a sadness running through Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World — a portrait of the Swiss artist whose most famous creation was the title character in Alien. It comes from knowing that its subject died last year. But the mood suits this appreciative study of a man who counted fear and death among his muses. » 5/08/15 8:00am 5/08/15 8:00am

At Last, There’s A Movie That Makes The Avengers Truly Larger Than Life

The first Avengers movie was the first film to capture the scale and vibrancy of a comic book on screen. The sequel, Age of Ultron, marks a smaller but still significant advance: This is the first movie to make superheroes feel larger than normal people... by getting more personal. Here’s our spoiler-free review. » 5/01/15 8:15am 5/01/15 8:15am

That Movie About An Eternally Young Blake Lively? It's A Dud.

In The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively plays a woman who gets struck by fancy weird-science-lightning and stops aging, for decades. But she keeps her condition secret, which means she needs to be alone. This could have been the premise of a neat movie, but instead it’s the basis of a grinding mess. » 4/24/15 8:00am 4/24/15 8:00am

Ex Machina Proves Science Fiction Movies Can Be Smart AND Kick Your Ass

Ex Machina is one of the smartest, most thought-provoking science fiction movies in ages. And that probably conjures images of a slow, introspective Sundance-y film — but actually, Ex Machina moves at a ruthless pace, and kicks your ass up one all and down the other. Minor spoilers ahead... » 4/10/15 9:00am 4/10/15 9:00am